Filament is a collaboration between theatre-maker and education practitioner Sarah Richardson and producer Helen Slevin. Filament was formed out a desire to create exciting and varied theatrical experiences for all and to bring live drama experiences to those who might otherwise struggle to access them.
Sarah has been a member of the New Vic Education team since 2005, designing and delivering participatory drama projects for schools, children's centre and libraries across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. For the past six years Sarah has written and directed Tale Trail, New Vic Theatre’s annual interactive theatre event for young families.
In 2014 Sarah created The Restoration Agency, her first work as an independent theatre-maker. An immersive theatre event designed to be performed in school playgrounds The Restoration Agency made high quality performance accessible to children aged 5-7 and their families in the communities it visited within Stoke-on-Trent. During 2016 Sarah was mentored by Alexandra Rowse, Producer for Punchdrunk Enrichment, as part of Arts Connect's Professional Development Programme.
Sarah lives in Cheshire with her husband and two young sons.
For more information on Sarah's work visit - http://www.sarahrichardson.co.uk/
After studying Arts Management at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, Helen embarked on a career in theatre. Over the last nine years this work has predominantly been focussed on work in regional theatres including stints at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick and New Vic Theatre, Staffordshire.
While working at the New Vic Theatre Helen took a secondment from her usual Stage Management role to produce their extremely ambitious Hoard Festival. This, along with completing The Optimisits course run by China Plate Theatre, ignited her passion for producing. Her background in Stage Management and additional producing experience allows her to take a multi-faceted approach to roles.
Helen lives in Cheshire with her husband, young son, and two very excitable chocolate labradors